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Do JRT's Shed?

We are thinking about getting a Jack and were wondering if they shed very much? We are an older couple and have the time to share with the right dog.

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Jul 22, 2012
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Do JRT's Shed? NEW
by: Rose

I have a smoothed hair JRT, and he shed a lot. But I've heard that rough haired (wirehand, whatever they're called) don't shed because of their curly hair.

Sep 28, 2009
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JRT and shedding
by: Carlos

My 9 year old JRT is really shedding alot. Is there anything they maybe he needs in his diet?

Jan 28, 2009
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Schnauzers Do Not Shed!
by: Dlyncottn

The only breed I'm aware of that doesn't shed is the Schnauzer. My mother has had three miniatures over the last 25 years. They absolutely DON'T shed hair. JRT's...SHEDDDDDD terribly. Unless you keep them brushed (at least 3X/week), and even then they shed...just not as much.

Nov 04, 2008
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Shedding JRT
by: Bezzie

Our little girl is a smooth coat and she sheds terribly. However, I have purchased a "Furminator" and the difference is incredible! They also sell "Furminator" treats that help with shedding! Great products!

May 10, 2008
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Jack Russell Terrier/Parson Russell Terriers do shed!
by: Laurie Ann Powell

It is a good thing know when purchasing a pet, if that breed of dog sheds or not. I have heard that the Maltese breed is a good breed that doesn't shed. My cousin owns one. I own two JRT's. One is a rough coat, and the other is a smooth coat. They didn't shed much until they got older. It was surprising to me to see how much they do shed even with their shorter coats. It is imperative that they be brushed and bathed like all breeds. It makes a big difference when you do regular grooming for your pets, no matter what breed they are. It is healthy for them, and also is a good way to bond with them, and cut down on the shedding. I just keep a sticky lint roller handy in my laundry room, and use it if I'm wearing black or dark colors. The rest in the house can be vacuumed, but really doesn't show up much unless you have dark fabric on your couches. So good luck with your choice. No matter what breed you choose, you will get back unconditional love, and even if there is a little shedding, believe me, it is worth it for all you'll get back in return.

May 03, 2008
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Shedding Issues
by: Charlene and Mike (Mee-kah)

If you're wanting a dog who may not shed as much, you may looking at a poodle. They are also good for people with high allergen issues as they do not seem to contain much pet dander from outdoor trips. Like the previous responder said, most smooth coats shed more than ANY other kind. Yorkies, though, have more of a wiry coat and therefore they need constant grooming and that can be extremely expensive. Plus, JRT's are ALWAYS full of energy be it noon or midnight, they have to have something to do at all times and require constant attention and a watchful eye. I realize that it is a smooth coat, but perhaps a Dachshund would be a better choice due to their mellow nature.

May 03, 2008
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JRTs and Shedding
by: Harborview JRTs

Yes they shed, the smooth coated shed more as it takes less time for the individual hairs to reach their genetically assigned length and fall out to be replaced by new hairs. The roughs actually shed less but the longest hairs should be hand stripped out, (plucked by hand) to remove them during a grooming session so that the new hairs can come out. Some people like to leave their roughs long but eventually these longer hairs will fall out (shed) on their own, but not as fast as the shorter coats.

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